Bodies are powerful instruments on their own, but like any other apparatus, they can benefit from upgrades. “There’s a lot [of technology] out there that is really effective in terms of helping people optimize themselves—whether it’s performance, recovery, longevity, or pain management,” says Ryan Brassell, co-owner of Golden Biohack. To ensure you reach your full fitness bandwidth, we connected with three local gyms that have installed the latest body-boosting advancements.
If you want to work out: Your skeletal system
The technology: Osteogenic loading machines
How it works: The average human’s bone density peaks around age 30, and as your skeleton starts to weaken, your muscles do too (think of your skeletal system as the foundation of your house). Research has shown that brief bursts of high-impact activity stimulate bone growth, and the machines at OsteoStrong’s Lakewood, Denver Tech Center, and Lowry outposts safely replicate that pressure by exerting the ideal amount of force against you while you perform full-body moves. OsteoStrong says one 15-minute visit per week can boost strength, balance, and agility; increase bone density; and alleviate joint pain.
Details: Memberships start at $129 per month; osteostrong.me
If you want to work out: Each cell and synapse in your body
The technology: Everything from electromagnetic healing beds to artificial-intelligence-powered bikes
How it works: Brassell’s wellness center is essentially the Apple Store of physical fitness. If your goal is to shed some pounds, for example, your personalized program might involve nutritional coaching, lying in a therapeutic red-light bed to fuel your body’s energy-producing mitochondria, riding on a spin bike whose algorithm finds the perfect resistance and speed for burning fat, and hitting the cryotherapy chamber later on to help your muscles and joints recover.
Details: Memberships start at $149 per month; goldenbiohack.com
If you want to work out: Your muscles—harder and in less time
The technology: Exerbotics machines
How it works: No more slacking off with lighter weights or hurting yourself after overloading the bar: AI-powered Exerbotics machines use sensors to gauge how much you should be pushing or pulling. The computer then learns what weight goals to challenge you with and adjusts in real time as you move through each set and subsequent sessions. All this increased efficiency—on average, members perform two-minute-long sets of four to six different movements—means workouts at Exercise Coach, which opened in Broomfield this past June, take only 20 minutes (owners Jeff and Jenn Jorgensen recommend two sessions per week).
Details: Your first two sessions are free, and memberships start at $25 per session; exercisecoach.com